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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:47 pm 
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Here's the deal. I take the bus to work and I always carry my stuff in a backpack. I know backpacks aren't very professional so I need something else. I've been looking at messenger bags, but I can't help but think "man purse" and get dissuaded. Anybody have any suggestions? Not to be cliche or anything but hemp and organic both rock.

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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:01 pm 
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I am a lady, but I really like my Chrome bags. I have the Classic Messenger in black and it's very simple and utilitarian and does not resemble a man purse:

http://www.chromebagsstore.com/bags/uti ... html?c=121

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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:14 pm 
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Lixa wrote:
I am a lady, but I really like my Chrome bags. I have the Classic Messenger in black and it's very simple and utilitarian and does not resemble a man purse:

http://www.chromebagsstore.com/bags/uti ... html?c=121

Wow that is awesome! And not man pursey! Pricey, though.

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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:19 pm 
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I got mine in a sale so it wasn't quite as expensive. I can say that they're very very well made and last forever though.

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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:42 pm 
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I love the Mat & Nat briefcases for men! I actually have one and I'm female. It's a bit masculine for me but I used to work in finance so it wasn't so out of place. Mine is old so I don't see it online anymore, and I got it on sale from Rue La La or Gilt (I forget which one). The brand is not cheap retail. Some of these look a little feminine but there are quite a few masculine ones in there.

http://www.mattandnat.com/shop/s-mattnat/g-men/


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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:34 pm 
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I spent a recent Saturday night watching a mans purse...he calls it a bag but it is a purse!
Most canvas or hard sided messenger bags are gender neutral. Once you start getting into the more tote bag style it can be iffy.

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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:48 pm 
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When I was bag shopping, I thought this Keen one looked rather adult.
It seems like they are going for the greenwashing angle, too.
http://www.keenfootwear.com/product/ss1 ... uter%20bag

I ended up going with something else, though, because I wanted it for bikeage.

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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:45 pm 
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Fred Perry makes some nice vinyl bags. Over the top expensive, but purdy.


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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:56 pm 
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I've gotten some serious mileage out of a Timbuk2 bag I bought, oh... Wow. 12 years ago now? I don't know if they're still as good, and they're no longer handmade in San Francisco (I think) but they're decent bags.

Coldandsleepy has a couple of Crumpler bags ( http://www.crumpler.com/US/ ) and says they're quite good. They certainly seem good to me...

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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
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I've always liked Jack Spade's messenger bags. I like the minimalist, non-fussy design. The bags also have a lot of pockets/zippered compartments for organizing your things.

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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:23 am 
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I rock a Ben Sherman bag:
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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
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It finally gave up the ghost after years and years, but I had a army surplus bag kinda like this, and I loved it:

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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:57 am 
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Another vote for Jack Spade.

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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:06 am 
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Laptop backpacks don't look very unprofessional.

http://www.indiaprwire.com/downloads/ph ... /17166.jpg


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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:45 am 
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Muji has great bags!
http://www.muji.eu/pages/online.asp?V=1&Sec=5&Sub=20&PID=3404

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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:54 pm 
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I just bought this vintagey lookin thing from topman

http://www.topman.com/webapp/wcs/stores ... ageSize=20

can't wait for it to arrive!
They have some sweet wallets too that are vegan.


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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:29 am 
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Lixa wrote:
I am a lady, but I really like my Chrome bags. I have the Classic Messenger in black and it's very simple and utilitarian and does not resemble a man purse:

http://www.chromebagsstore.com/bags/uti ... html?c=121

Oh wow. I just found my new bag, thanks. My partner has been nudging me to get a chrome bag but he was a messenger for years and I have seen his and they are HUGE. I thought they were all that big for some reason. I am in love.


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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:57 pm 
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Definitely not natural/organic but I like the design:
http://www.kennethcole.com/product/inde ... d=10842040 (nylon)

This one seems a little more budget-conscious and the quality obviously not as good as above:
http://www.kennethcole.com/product/inde ... Id=4338605 (nylon/faux leather)

I'd like to find more waxed canvas styles that do not have leather trim/accents, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:53 pm 
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tank wrote:
Lixa wrote:
I am a lady, but I really like my Chrome bags. I have the Classic Messenger in black and it's very simple and utilitarian and does not resemble a man purse:

http://www.chromebagsstore.com/bags/uti ... html?c=121

Oh wow. I just found my new bag, thanks. My partner has been nudging me to get a chrome bag but he was a messenger for years and I have seen his and they are HUGE. I thought they were all that big for some reason. I am in love.

Chromes are the best. I've had mine for years, it's bulletproof. Awesome bag.


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 Post subject: Re: Men's bags
PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:07 pm 
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nickvicious wrote:
Lixa wrote:
I am a lady, but I really like my Chrome bags. I have the Classic Messenger in black and it's very simple and utilitarian and does not resemble a man purse:

http://www.chromebagsstore.com/bags/uti ... html?c=121

Wow that is awesome! And not man pursey! Pricey, though.


Yeah, like Lixa said, you can catch sales on Chrome stuff but it's good quality. Both my boyfriend and I have the laptop bags and they have lasted years. It's really worth it to spend a little extra on something that's gonna last. Also, a chrome bag will most likely have better weather proofing than a really cheap (under $50) bag. So keep in mind that it's also about protecting your stuff inside. Worth it for sure.


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